We’re in the process of putting together our usual, extensive
collection of news items from the Autosport Show at the NEC –
but there was nothing really significant announced on the
first day, in our field of sportscar and GT racing.
was plenty to see of course, but nothing dramatically new to catch
the eye... apart from whatever this is (left).
Easterling passes on the information that it is a "Maybach
Excelero, commisioned by tyre manufacturer Fulda, to promote a new
type of tyre".
On the up side, the smaller manufacturers were reasonably
well represented, Radical, Chiron, Norma and Ligier all hosting
their own stands, with the Speads RS05 there too, together with
Matt Manderson’s MCR. No sign of any larger prototypes though.
But GT teams were present in numbers – Tech
9’s GT2 Porsche-RSR, Team LNT’s Panoz, Ferrari 360 GT3
cars from both UCB Racing and Damax, the Wood-Scott V8 Star Jaguar
(Thursday and Friday only), Barwell Motorsports’ Aston DBRS9
(together with a ‘factory’ DB9 on the central stage)
and a stand from Dodge Motorsports Europe, featuring a pair of GT3
spec. Competition Coupes (one without bodywork). There were several
Porsche 997s on display too, including one of the gaggle that IN2
Racing will field in the Carrera Cup this coming season.
British GT Ferrari 360 GTCs from Scuderia Ecosse are on live action
arena (pit stop challenge) duty throughout the show, with all four
of the 2005 driver line-up involved. A GruppeM Porsche and Spyker
C8 were also on display (both Thursday and Friday only again) together
with an evocative collection of Group C cars (Jaguar, Porsche, Spice
and Ecosse on the Group C / GTP Racing stand) and of course the
Lola T70 Mk. 3B continuation model (on the Motorsport Industry Association
So if you’re
going to the event this weekend, there are plenty of cars to look
out for, plus plenty of products, books, models etc. to see, plus
a considerable presence from Dunlop, with two stands – a main
stand, plus one devoted to the new Dunlop Great & British Festival
series. Murray Walker was addressing the crowds yesterday on the
main stand, but what was he actually talking about?